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Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho and Board President Kelly Gonez Address Safety Concerns Regarding Marijuana Dispensaries Near Schools (05-27-22)

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May 27, 2022

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Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho and Board President Kelly Gonez Address Safety Concerns Regarding Marijuana Dispensaries Near Schools

Los Angeles, CA (May 27, 2022) – As marijuana dispensaries proliferate across the city, state and country, Los Angeles Unified is working with local authorities and municipalities to close or relocate marijuana dispensaries that are in close proximity to schools to ensure a safe, clean and welcoming environment for students, employees and families.

In recent years, new cannabis-infused products have been introduced that look like regular candies and gummies. Los Angeles Unified is proactively working to ensure that students remain safe from adverse effects of marijuana which have been noted in other states, such as increased emergency room visits in Colorado by young children who accidentally ingested marijuana or higher rates of fatal automobile accidents involving drivers who tested positive for THC in Washington.

“Since I arrived in Los Angeles, I have heard reports about dispensaries that are located across the street from some of our schools,” Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho said. “If this were your child, would you want a dispensary in your neighborhood or zip code? As caretakers of our community’s children, we must ensure that we keep them safe, healthy and thriving.”

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